Product Type: Sony DVD recorders
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Big black and beautiful?
Member Name: Redmond
Date: 27/10/11, updated on 27/10/11 (57 review reads)
Advantages: Store hundreds of programs
Disadvantages: Only records one thing at a time
I have to say that this is one of my favourite gadget purchases ever. When people ask what's that?
And I tell them what it is, the reply is always the same. "do you not have sky?"
Yes I do have sky but if I had to pick between the two, the Sony would win hands down every time.
Well first of all and most importantly, the memory size is so much bigger than the standard sky hd box
And before anyone points out the obvious that sky now have a 1TB box double the size of this boxes memory this is still the better choice of the two.
Even with the 1TBHD box from sky you can not change the recording quality. With the Sony I find recording at one down from the highest quality on the simple setting HSP makes absolutely NO difference to the picture quality, yet increases the memory space significantly. Far more than can be stored on the 1TB box
One step down again SP and even the next one LSP and it still looks amazing.This of course depends on the quality of the reception you are recording from in the first place. The rule of thumb is : if the picture is crisp when you are watching it then it will not be anything but perfect for the four highest settings, go below that and it will become slightly pixelated but only slightly. Then as you'd expect the quality declines with each descending setting. The lowest setting SEP would only really be of use for recording a digital radio station broadcast, as the picture will be very poor.
That brings me nicely to my favourite thing about the Sony RDR-HXD1095
That because of the SCART connections on the back you could do what I do. I have a sky 1TB box and I transfer anything I would like to keep on to my Sony so to make room for more recording on sky. The if I really like the show, movie , or whatever I can burn it on to a DVD at the touch of a button to keep forever, then I can free up that space on the Sony for future recordings. High speed dubbing makes a huge difference when trying to save time. + if you watch sky through your Sony HDR it upscales it for you, as long as you watch it through the HDMI and why wouldn't you?
Another great thing to use it for is the "other channels" option on sky. At the moment you can not record anything from these channels but with this you can.
The jukebox feature is nice too. With this you can burn your CDs on to the machine and play them whenever you want without having to look for the cd itself. You can watch and store your photos, watch divix movies and much more.
So in my opinion this is well worth the money, it's more than a bog standard DVD recorder and when it's paired up with a quality satellite system it really comes into it's own. And if you manually set it to the HQ+ setting it makes your HD recordings look even better than they did when they where broadcast.
A great buy.
Summary: Great box when paired with hd satellite
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